July 16, 2014
by Nick Moran
By being so honest and clear about his unshakeable fears, Deuel’s anxieties become our own. It’s a move that would make most novelists jealous. Friday succeeds where others — like Dave Eggers — have failed.
July 1, 2014
Eddie, the main character, no longer wants to be a protagonist. He simply wants to no longer feel like a failure, which is a pretty good definition of adulthood at this moment.
June 27, 2014
If One Story Collected is a stethoscope to the heart of contemporary American fiction, the news is good: despite a run of economic shocks to the publishing industry, the muscle that pumps fresh blood into the system is still beating like a tom-tom.
June 20, 2014
If you are going to make major claims for Updike as a writer, as Begley wishes to do, you must show how Updike’s style and his cosmology correspond, and you must give an account of the effects that style produces.
June 6, 2014
These are evil men, but Gay makes certain that we never forget that they are men, made of the same hope and fury and flesh as us.
June 5, 2014
by Shaj Mathew
Zirin asserts that large-scale events like the Olympics and the World Cup offer countries like Brazil the perfect opportunity to install neoliberal economic policies that their publics would otherwise never authorize.
June 4, 2014
Tavares, with language uncorrupted by sentiment and attachment, is in search of the secret order of mankind.
June 3, 2014
by John Yargo
The Booker shortlist and the eventual winners have been decried for being too populist, too elitist, too imperialist, too predictable. Edward St. Aubyn’s new novel, Lost for Words, is a briskly readable satire on the annual circus.
June 2, 2014
by Bill Morris
But the thing I wanted to do with this anthology was get past the stance that we’re going to explain this city. I wanted to get the candid conversations Detroiters have with other Detroiters — diverse and true and candid conversations people have at a dinner table or in a bar.
May 13, 2014
Everyone has had a close relationship that works better as a friendship than as a romance, and at some half-drunken moment of intimacy, everyone has wondered why. “New Year’s” seems a story poised to answer this very human question, and then, for some reason, it simply doesn’t.